Summer crunch salad

Summer crunch salad

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins Ready in 20 mins


Serves 4
The crunchiness of green beans works particularly well in this salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal178
  • fat15g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.38g
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  • 200g pack small button mushroom, finely sliced
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 200g green bean, trimmed
  • handful soft green herbs, such as basil, chervil, parsley and tarragon
  • 100g cherry tomato, quartered
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 75g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shaved into large curls



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. In a bowl, toss mushrooms with half the lemon juice and set aside – the lemon juice will soften the mushrooms. Blanch the beans in boiling salted water for 5-6 mins until they still have a crunch, but they are not squeaky, then drain and cool in iced water.

  2. Toss the beans and mushrooms together in a bowl with the herbs and season with salt and pepper. Toss through the tomatoes, remaining lemon juice and the olive oil and scatter with Parmesan just before serving.

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10th Sep, 2013
I really like this recipe, so quick and easy to make. I normally make a salad by combining everything in the fridge in a bowl and hoping it works out! So it was great to follow a recipe and it work out so well. I added pine nuts as well and thought it was a great addition. 75g of Parmesan was way too much so I added 25g and then added some dry cottage cheese. Would go really well with a salmon or beef steak.
27th Aug, 2012
I've made this salad numerous times now and everyone says how tasty it is! Great flavour combo. For extra flavour and crunch add some toasted pine nuts!
13th Aug, 2009
Tried the green beans with shallots and walnut oil as suggested above. lovely.
6th Aug, 2008
A lovely subtle salad for hot summer days. I added some home-made chunky croutons and some goat's cheese to make it more of a main meal, and used mint and basil as the herbs as that's all I would get hold of!
22nd Jul, 2008
Easy to prepare, colourful and enjoyed by adults and children alike.
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